Jaguars Trade DE Dante Fowler To Rams

The rich get richer. On Tuesday, the Jaguars agreed to trade defensive end Dante Fowler to the Rams, as Ian Rapoport of tweets. In exchange, the Rams will send a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of tweets

After investing heavily in their defensive line this offseason, the Rams certainly didn’t have to make this move. However, the aggressive front office in L.A. was unwilling to sit idly by and watch a former Top 5 draft pick go elsewhere.

The Jaguars fielded several calls on Fowler leading up to the deadline and the Rams apparently came to the table with the best offer of the bunch.

Fowler will offer edge rush support for a front seven that already features the likes of Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers, and Ethan Westbrooks. In limited playing time this year, Fowler notched two sacks and has played better than ever before, according to the advanced metrics at Pro Football Focus.

Fowler is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Rams have little breathing room under the cap, so it will be tough for the Rams to keep him beyond the 2018 season. In light of that, the price tag of a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick may seem steep, but it’s important to note that the Rams have plenty of draft ammo thanks to previous trades and compensatory picks.

With a disappointing 3-5 record, the Jaguars clearly recognize that their playoff hopes are dwindling. The Fowler trade does not mean they’re waving the white flag, per se, but it’s a signal that they are keeping an eye on their prospects for 2019.

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  1. The dude

    They live for now its gonna be a hairy situation in 3 years when they cant afford any of these players. They are defiantly trying to when know to make sure people in LA cars about them.

    • Kenleyfornia74

      Its not like Suh or Talib will get huge long term deals. All they have to worry about is Goff and Peters

      • Will McLaren

        Talib no, but I wouldn’t be opposed to re-signing Suh if the price is right

        • natsfan3437

          Suh will get a big contract just nowhere near the last one. I’d say 3 or 4 years at 10-12m per year. He’s still a really good player just not as good rushing the passer

    • brewcrewer

      Honestly, who cares what the team looks like in 3 years. I have gone through too many awful awful teams the last 15 years for them to be conservative. ball hard while you can then go into rebuild. if a trophy comes out of it its worth it

      • JJB0811

        No such thing as a ‘rebuild’. Typically all teams turn over 20-25 players per season. Continual bad teams call it a rebuild, but if you draft well, and have a good QB, you’re set.

        Trust me, I’ve watched the Skins ‘rebuild’ since Synder bought and living in Jacksonville; seeing Shad average 3rd place in the south for 5 years.

  2. darquee

    Fowler gives the Rams a pure edge rusher. Rushing along side of Donald and Suh he should easly get half a dozen sacks for the Rams in their remaining games.

  3. redbeard87

    Fowler is not a good player. Teams put way too much stock into where a player was drafted.

  4. HaloShane

    Hey you dizzy Angel organization, yeah you! The one that believes their own lie of being in LA. Take note from the Rams and Dodgers. They are always looking to compete and be better. Something you are completely lost at. Educate and learn clowns.

  5. Z-A

    Big overpay. Not saying you find gold with 3rd n 5th but you could have gotten a better player, his option ain’t getting picked up. 1 of 4 yrs was solid.

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